Siebert Realty Office
14 Nov

Beer Around Here- New Realm

Food, fire pits, fenced in children pens and fantastic beer; this edition of Beer Around Here covers, New Realm, located at 1209 Craft Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23454.

New Realm, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is known for its innovation and adherence to traditional techniques.  New Realm’s experimentation pushes the boundary of expectation at the same time, never straining the limits of quality; driving for excellence in every beer produced.

New Realm is an easy jaunt from Sandbridge and an excellent place for the family to enjoy games, fire pits, inspired food, and the most crucial attraction, incredible beer. As one walks through their gate and onto their patio ringed with gas fires and milling groups enjoying the fall evenings, you know you’ve entered a “new realm”.  Entering the facility to see an expansive room walled by brick and murals, there is a massive bar with 30 taps, a colorful display of 15 or so available drafts, then mirroring the massive bar are glass industrial sized doors to watch the production teams at work.  In my experience, if you ask the bartender there is usually something not displayed but waiting for discovery.

Making sure only the most enjoyable breweries and watering-holes make it to the Beer Around Here list, my cousin and I went and had ourselves a flight of beer to make some suggestions.  A New Realm flight is made up of six snifters of any listed beer.  From the twelve tried, we decided on our favorite six “must try” beers.  From their mainstay brews, Hoptripolis IPA was our favorite.  An IPA that made me miss summer Hoptripolis is a rich hoppy IPA with hints of citrus, pineapple, and peach. Golden in color, it is a beer worthy of getting a six-pack of on your way out the door. Hazy like a Fox New England IPA, utilizing a double dry-hopped process once burring fermentation, and once post-fermentation, has a tremendous orange juice character with intense aromatics.  Another favorite tried was the Munich Dunkel Lager.  This might be caused by sitting by a fire pit as the sun disappears early on a fall night, but the rich amber lager seemed perfect for the moment.

 

Some other “must tries” if you can make a trip soon are on the small batches list. Tyrannosaurus Flex, Imperial / Double New England IPA has a summary I cannot replicate so enjoy the description form the brewer themselves, “A Hazy DIPA hopped exclusively with hops from New Zealand. Wai-is, Motueka, and Rakau hop combined with Norwegian Kviek yeast give this monster DIPA a cretaceous amount of juicy, fruity notes such as mango, pineapple, peach, apricot, and citrus. Balanced with an herbal, piney, and lightly dank full-body, this hazy beast is the ruler of the realm!”I’m not much of a cider guy, but in the fall, exceptions can be made.  If they are your cup of tea, you must try New Realm’s Inkjet Cider. Combining sweet, savory, and tart, this cider makes one think they have a blackberry mimosa, not a craft-brewed cider.

The last beer is a bit of a mystery, and I had to go back for seconds.  It is a limited brew and had a name I barely caught; the bartender just told me to ask for the Chocolate Imperial IPA, so I did and was not disappointed.  Rich, dark, heavily aromatic with a hint of spice; try ordering it and see if the bartenders can point you in the right direction.

Give New Realm a visit the next time you are in town visiting the beautiful Sandbridge Beach.  Enjoy your time, some beer, good food, and remember to drink responsibly allocating a designated driver before you go.  If your family is looking for a new place for dinner or a local attraction, just ask the Beach People at Siebert Realty and let us help you!

29 Oct

Sandbridge Local in World Series

Sandbridge is a vacation destination to many, but others call it home.  Join us as we cheer on our most famous local, Ryan Zimmerman, when the Washington Nationals take on the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the World Series at 8 PM.

Ryan grew up in Sandbridge where he starred for local travel teams and high school teams before attending The University of Virginia.  After a successful stint in college where he was named All American, Ryan was taken in the first round of the MLB draft by the Washington Nationals.  He was actually the very first pick the franchise ever made!

In addition to his baseball ability, Ryan has also given back to his community in spectacular fashion.  He recently donated $1 million to help renovate the UVA baseball stadium, but his most noble charitable efforts are found in the ziMS foundation which he started in 2006.  Ryan’s mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was young, but his charity is determined to find a cure for the disease.  To date more than $3.5 million has been raised by ziMS mainly through charity events throughout Virginia Beach.

Ryan has already hit one home run in the World Series, and hopefully tonight he can launch another.  Go Nats!

22 Oct

Beer Around Here

Tips on Taps – Smartmouth Brewing

One of the first Craft Breweries to set up shop in the Hampton Roads area, Smartmouth Brewing, has helped shape the local craft brew scene. Their emphasis on flavor over flourish, quality ingredients, and incredible atmosphere makes Smartmouth a great environment for beverages.

Started in 2012 by Porter Hardy, now ex-lawyer, Smartmouth was his way of taking his life and hobby a little more seriously; trading in briefcases for oke-barrels. Smartmouth headquarters has served the Norfolk community one beer at a time, for  seven years, with help from local bands and food trucks. Smartmouth is the perfect place to unwind after a day on the beach. Since then Smartmouth has opened its VA Beach location in December of 2017. The location is a former post office and fully renovated for brewing and fun. With a reservable tasting room, a wall of beer taps, and a room of glass walls to watch the magic happen — there is no better place for a flight or two of great beer.

 

Smartmouth signature brews keep many coming back for more. Their head brewer Jimmy Loughran leads a team of “hop-heads” and “barley buffs” who are artisans creating distinct and memorable year-round beers like Alter Ego Saison, Murphy’s Law Amber, Notch 9 Double IPA, and Safety Dance Pilsner. The team also provides seasonal brews throughout the year.

The Princess Oktoberfest is available Aug-Oct, the Cowcatcher Milk Stout is produced from Oct-March, and the Summer Fling Hefeweizen is ready from April-Aug. We highly suggest visiting their beer page to explore the options before heading to the brewery.

Before heading back to Sandbridge after enjoying a night out in Virginia Beach, grab a growler for when you are staying in and watching the waves.  Remember to drive safe, or maybe just rideshare, because you can’t have only one of Smartmouth’s beers. Then ask the Beach People for what’s next during your beach vacation.

 

VA BEACH PILOT HOUSE

313 32nd Street, Va Beach, VA 23451

Tuesday – Thursday: 4:00p – 10:00p

Friday: 1:00pm – 10:00pm

Saturday: 12:00p – 10:00p

Sunday: 2:00p – 8:00p

7 Oct

Cullipher Farm Fall Activities

Looking for something fun to do around Sandbridge?  Jump in the car and head down to the Cullipher Farm!  The farm has been transformed into a fall festival that is awaiting people of all ages.  Parking is free and easy to find as you pull off of the main road.  The toughest thing is deciding what to do first.

The mazes are the most popular attraction, and there’s one for everyone.  The corn maze is the hardest, featuring miles of path, and it should take the average person around 50 minutes to complete.  It’s 12 acres this year!  There is also a cotton maze that is less difficult which should only take around 20 minutes to complete.  And finally there is a sunflower maze which is perfect for children.

Still have some energy to burn off after successfully completing a maze?  Head on over to the Play Area which might be Virginia Beach’s coolest unofficial playground.  Hay mountains, sand piles, corn stalk tunnels, slides, tire swings, toy boat races, pedal carts, picture opportunities and so much more await!

Don’t forget to head out to the pumpkin patch before everyone gets too tired.  Choose from over 25 varieties of pumpkins and gourds and cut them right off the vine.  Wagons are available to help carry pumpkins from the patch to your vehicle.

 

Address: 772 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23457

Dates: September 27th through October 27th – Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. Open only one Monday: October 14th, Columbus Day from 12 – 6.

Hours:

Fridays (noon-6pm)

Saturdays (10am-6pm)

Sundays (10am-6pm)

Please note that the farm closes at 6 PM, but no one will be allowed to enter after 4 PM.

9 Aug

Why Fall Stay are Secretly the BEST!

Couldn’t make it down to the beach this summer due to busy schedules?

Let me tell you a little secret, summer isn’t the only time to have a beach vacation. Planning a trip to Sandbridge in the Fall might sound a little strange, but here are 5 reasons it’s better than the summer stay you missed out on! 

No Crowds! 

Imagine waking up & sipping on a cup of coffee on the deck of your oceanfront rental as the sun rises. You look north then south, only to see stretches and stretches of uncrowded shoreline. Now, look straight out to the ocean to see dolphins playing in the ocean..yes you deserve this. On your fall vacation, you could comb the beach for hours looking for the perfect shells, as the warm water wash up at your feet, completely unbothered. This is what Autumn in Sandbridge is all about.

Perfect Weather! 

Do you ever dread a trip to the beach? What about trying to carry the 4 chairs, the 3 boogie boards, the umbrella, 9 different bottles of sunscreen, & trying not to burn your feet on the scorching sand while you try to find an open spot on the beach…yeah, this doesn’t sound too ideal to us either. Do you know what does sound perfect? Spending the entire day at the beach in the sunny & 75 weather as the cool ocean breeze drifts through. It doesn’t stop there either! When the sun goes down its time to grab your blankets & gather by a fire pit with your favorite people. The only thing you have to worry about is who’s bringing the marshmallows! 

Fall Sunrises & Sunsets

Autumn brings Sandbridge some of the best sunrises & sunsets. In the morning on the east, it looks as if an artist has used pastel watercolors to paint the sky, it is one of the most calming sights to see as you start your morning. As the day comes to an end part two of nature’s art show begins. This time instead of calming pastels, the sky becomes fiery with oranges, yellows, and pinks. Making it the perfect backdrop to enjoy a glass (or two) of wine on the west deck of your vacation home! 

Our Fall Events 

The fall season is home to some of Virginia Beach’s best events. Here are some of our favorites! 

Sandbridge’s 40th Annual Pig Pickin’

|September 7th, 2019|

Come out and join the Sandbridge locals for a fun day at Little Island Park (Southend of Sandbridge Beach). The annual Pig Picking features All-You-Can-Eat food and drinks, as well as live bands and even local art and crafts on sale. Siebert Realty will also have a table set up under the tents. We have some fun FREE GIVEAWAYS, so be sure to stop by and say “Hello”!

 Wasserhund Oktoberfest 2019

|September 21st, 2019|

 Locally, Wasserhund Brewery and the Nobleman are presenting the 4th Annual Oktoberfest Event for all of Coastal Virginia and beyond on September 21st from noon till 5 pm at Hunt Club Farm in Virginia Beach. This event will serve as the quintessential Oktoberfest for our area featuring over 30 breweries, traditional German food and fare, festival atmosphere, and so much more.

Hunt Club Farm’s Harvest Fair

|Open Everyday September 29 – October 31|

Over at Hunt Club Farm, it’s their favorite time of the year, as they begin celebrating the fall season every day and in every way with bushels of activities for the whole family! Come on out to Hampton Roads’ biggest and best Fall Harvest Fair, which features Virginia Beach’s largest pumpkin patch, farm-tour hayrides, Hunt Club Farm’s Petting Farm and pony rides! 

Fall Rates! 

If the no crowds, perfect weather, beautiful sunrises & sunsets, plus all the fun events weren’t enough to sell you on a fall vacation maybe our AMAZING fall rates will! As summer winds down so do the rates, which make them more budget-friendly too!  This is just one more reason why fall is the perfect time to take a break & treat yourself with a vacation! 

 

Photo Credit: @elleydonnelly

3 Aug

Welcome To August 2019

Come Check Out Some of this Month’s Highlights!

Planning to visit Virginia Beach this August? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered!

All events are arranged in the order in which they are scheduled 

Photo Credit: Veteran United Home Loans Amphitheater

Jimmy Buffet

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3rd
Location: Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 

Escape from the weary troubles of your day-to-day and bask in the laid-back island vibes of everyone’s favorite beach bum, Jimmy Buffett! Headed to Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater on Saturday 3rd August 2019 (backed, as ever, by his faithful and talented Coral Reefers), Jimmy is on his Son of a Sailor Tour, continuing the 40th-anniversary celebration of his beloved 1978 record! Get ready to sip your margaritas and enjoy hits like “Cheeseburger In Paradise,” “Livingston Saturday Night” and “Cowboy in the Jungle” as the treasured performer gets the party going! To purchase tickets click here!


Photo Credit: Donavon Frankenreiter

Donavon Frankenreiter

MONDAY, AUGUST 5TH
Location: Elevation 27 

 Come relax and listen to some chill music from the legendary Donavon Frankenreiter! Join the party & come to dance to the Record Player Tour! Donavon & special guest Matt Grundy are sharing their sunny California music vibe for one night only – at Elevation 27! TICKETS:  $20.00 – $25.00, all ages permitted! For tickets click here!


Photo Credit: Hunt Club Farm Beer, Bourbon, BBQ Festival

  Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10TH
Location: Hunt Club Farm

Join us at the 2019 Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’ and barbeque eatin’ at Hunt Club Farm this August. For more information or to purchase your tickets click here!


The Artery District Presents:

Aloha Arts Blockparty hosted by Aloha Snacks & Collective Arts Brewery

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16th
Location: Aloha Snacks Virginia Beach

The finest of 5hr Blockparties coming at you with rare draft beer releases from our friends Collective Arts, limited edition T’s, aloha eats, Rio reggae, Bennet Wales & The Relief, Local juggernaut artists, live art & murals, plus “the dad bod” catwalk competition. For more information check out Aloha Snacks VB!


Photo Credit: Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championship

 

EAST COAST SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18TH – THURSDAY, Aug 25TH
Location: Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Each year, several hundred surfers from Menehunes to Masters compete for East Coast surfing titles, prizes, history and the sheer love of surfing. Other beach oriented sports and recreation include volleyball, a boardwalk 5K run, street skate, and ramp contests, swimsuit contests, food, and drink concessions, and live music on the beach. For more information click here!


Chris Young

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22nd
Location: Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 

Come dance the night away to one of Country music’s favorites! Chris Young has been releasing hit after hit & he’s ready to bring it all to Virginia Beach for his “Raised On Country Tour” this summer. He’ll be joined by special guest Chris Janson as direct support along with Dylan Scott, LOCASH, and Jimmie Allen. To purchase tickets click here!


Photo Credit: VB Government

Virginia Beach Funk Fest Beach Party

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23rd – SATURDAY, AUGUST 24th
Location: On the beach at 24th Street

The FunkFest beach party is the heart and soul of this weekend event, featuring music generated over the years by influential legends such as James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, George Clinton, and The Ohio Players.

 


Party at the Pier

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23rd
Location: Little Island Park

Kick-off your shoes and join us for a beach concert in the sand with live music from Buckshot! Enjoy food trucks and plenty of dancing. New this year, there will be onsite beer and wine sales to benefit the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Foundation. A valid ID must be presented to purchase adult beverages. Please drink responsibly and have a designated driver to ensure everyone’s safety. Personal coolers are not permitted in the event area. Beer/wine ticket sales will take place from 6 to 9 pm. Last pour will be at 9:30 pm. Onsite parking is available and free after 5 pm. Parking is limited, so please carpool or rideshare if possible. Rain Dates:  August 24th


Photo Credit: USA Beach Rugby

USA Beach Rugby Virginia Beach

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH 
Location: Oceanfront 33rd street to 35th street

USA Beach Rugby is getting ready to host of the most exciting athletic events in Virginia Beach, BEACH RUGBY! Come play or watch at the Oceanfront between 33rd-35th Street at Virginia Beach on August 24, 2019! Gather your team or chairs, pack your cooler, and get ready for a day of rugby on the beach!


Photo Credit: Coastal Craft Beer Festival

5th Annual Coastal Craft Beer Festival

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH 
Location: Neptune’s Park: 31st Street / Atlantic Avenue

From 1 pm to 6 pm Neptune’s Park will be transformed into a craft beer lover’s haven on Saturday, August 24th, featuring local Virginia beers, ciders, and seltzers, as well national and regional craft beers. Enjoy over 65 beers from 30 breweries, live music, food trucks, and more! For more information and to purchase tickets click here!


Photo Credit: Chartway American Music Festival

 

Chartway Federal Credit Union American Music Festival

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30TH- SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST
Location: On the beach at 5th Street and 17th, 24th, and 31st Street Parks

For 25 consecutive years, Chartway Federal Credit Union American Music Festival has been held on the Virginia Beach oceanfront each Labor Day Weekend. AMF is one of the nation’s longest-running and largest annual outdoor oceanfront music events featuring dozens of international recording acts. So grab your beach chairs and head on over! For line ups, schedules, and more information click here!

And many more!!


MORE FAMILY FUN

weekly reoccurring Sandbridge events 
Photo Credit: Sandbridge Firehouse

Firehouse Bingo  

EVERY WEDNESDAY!

Don’t forget about Wednesday Night Family Bingo! Every Wednesday through August 14 at the Station. $10 (cash) gets you 4 cards and a chance to win! Games start at 7:30. This is a great way to support the Sandbridge rescue squad!! Also while visiting the Station check out the merch they have on sale! 

BAJA Restaurant Events: 

TUESDAY-SUNDAY

Baja Restaurant has many different events that happen weekly! No matter what time you’re planning to visit — Baja will always have something for the whole family! 

 

16 Jul

Rain Rain Go Away…

Is the weather less than ideal for the perfect beach day of playing in the sun?

Don’t worry there is still a way to get active on rainy days in Virginia Beach! Just head over to any of these family-fun activities that are sure to help save the day! 

Check out some of Virginia Beach’s best indoor family-friendly spots! 


Explore at The Virginia Aquarium

Take a deeper dive into the ocean at the Virginia Aquarium! Have your kids explore all the incredible animals that live in our oceans!  Come meet some of the coolest sea turtles, the most energetic seals, and cutest penguins all at the Virginia Aquarium!  

Children under 2 are free and the Virginia Aquarium offers a $2 discount off of Aquarium admission to active duty and retired military personnel and their dependent family members with military ID. Discounted tickets for the whole family are also available at most MWR offices.

Check out more information about Virginia Aquarium here!


Be a kid again at the Children’s Museum

Come let the kid run free at a museum designed especially for them! The Children’s Museum is the perfect place for everyone to be (and become a kid again)! The various activities that are available at this museum range from making bubble bigger than yourself, to an incredible train exhibit, to the out of this world Beazley Planetarium, and even more on the second floor!

Kids under two are free, AAA members recieve $1 off tickets, and special military pricing is available. Check out more information about the Children’s Museum here!


Try out one of vb’s Escape rooms

Looking to get your mind working on your rainy day? Get the whole family together to work to solve the coolest mysteries! Breakout Games offer eight different mystery scenarios to try out! Pick from a hat or take a vote on which one your group tries to solve.

The more that play the more price goes down, so get your group together and head over to BG Virginia Beach! Check out more information about Escape room here! *

*Note: Waivers can be filled out in advance online!

Drive on the wild side & go Go-karting

Did a rain storm cancel your beach day? Don’t worry, your day is about to get a lot more fun at American Indoor Karting! Come put the petal to the metal and test your racing skills at this highspeed indoor race track. For more information check out Go-kart here!

AIK offers special military pricing and family packages which make it perfect for the whole family! Buy your tickets online, and fill out waivers prior to arrival to get you and the family on the track as soon as possible.

Not into racing? While some of the family is racing others can check out the Lynnhaven mall & do a little shopping!


Test your superman skills at iFly

Have you ever wanted to fly like superman? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to skydive (minus jumping out of a plane)! Whatever your reason is it’s time to head over to iFly Virginia Beach and try indoor skydiving. There is no age limit on who can fly either so everyone can try!!

Just make sure to book in advance & fill out waivers for everyone online, this way you can’t in the air as quick as possible! Check out more information about iFly here!


Get your glow on at Mini Golf

King Neptune is Hampton Roads premier indoor, blacklight, “3-D” mini-golf. It is a great place for family fun! This artistically created 10-hole miniature golf course features the ultimate blacklight 3-D experience.

Ticket prices start at $7 per person and kids 4 or younger are FREE! If you’ve got 10 or more people in your group then ticket prices are reduced to $5 each player! Check out more information about Mini Golf here!


Fly high at the Military Aviation Museum

Its time to take your beach vacation to new heights at the Military Aviation Museum! MAM has many family-friendly activities. During your visit at this awesome museum, you and the family can take part in a dinosaur scavenger hunt, soar the skies in a historical airplane, learn about WWII & WWI aviation, and much more! Check out more information about the Military Aviation Museum here!


Jump and play all day at Sky Zone

Are the kids getting restless from being couped up in the house all day? Is it time to unplug and get active? Yes & yes. This means it’s time to pile in the car and head over to Skyzone. Jump and flip around till your heart’s content, maybe challenge the family to a game of dodgeball, or maybe try shooting some hoops. Whatever you’re looking for Skyzone is sure to have something for everyone! Check out more information about Sky Zone here!


Get artsy at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Looking to get creative with your rainy day? Well Virginia Beach’s MOCA is the place for you and your family! This museum is a non-profit institution which exists to foster awareness, exploration, and understanding of the significant art of our time. So if you or someone in your family has a passion for the Arts stop by for a visit. Check out more information about the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art here!

Also in partnership with the National Blue Star Museums program, MOCA is proud to offer FREE ADMISSION to all active and non-active (retired) military and their families this summer! Must show military ID. 

Cover photo provided by @elleydonnelly

4 Jul

Welcome To July 2019

Come Check Out Some of this Month’s Highlights!

☀Celebrate July with 4th of July festivities ☀

THURSDAY, JULY 4TH

Oceanfront: Stars & Stripes Explosion

LOCATION: On the beach at 24th Street, 17th Street Park, 31st Street Park

Multiple live performances on oceanfront stages will attract thousands of visitors and residents of Virginia Beach to a “star-spangled” salute to this great country of ours at Stars & Stripes Explosion on July 4! Scheduled live entertainment offers something for everyone: patriotic and classical to tribute bands, and naturally, fireworks! For more information click here.

☀Get Artsy on The Boardwalk☀

Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion

SATURDAY, JULY 6TH
10:00am to 5:00pm

The Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion takes over the Virginia Beach Boardwalk from 10:00am-5:00 pm on Saturday, July 6, 2019, as artists and “wanna-be artists” gather to turn the boardwalk into an impromptu canvas of color!  Artist registration will be on the boardwalk at 17th Street, and art will be on display between 15th and 17th Streets. This year’s theme: A Big, Beautiful World!! For more information click here.

☀Grab Some Concert Tickets! ☀

Dierks Bentley: Burning Man 2019

FRIDAY, JULY 12TH
7:00 pm

Award-Winning Country artist Dierks Bentley is bringing his 2019 Buring Man Tour to the beach! Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach will be hosting this Country legend Friday, July 12th which makes it the perfect way to kick off your family vacation! TICKETS    

Train & the GooGoo Dolls

SUNDAY, JULY 14TH
7:00 pm

This concert will have you going back in time in the best way ever! Award-winning artist Train & the Goo Goo Dolls deliver nostalgia and fresh hits in back-to-back performance! If you are looking for the perfect concert that will have the whole family jamming out this is the one for you!! TICKETS

Florida Georgia Line: Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour 2019

With Dan + Shay and Morgan Wallen 
THURSDAY, JULY 25TH
 7:00 PM

Country hottest band providing both laidback old school country and new upbeat crossovers, FGL is making a stop in Virginia Beach to perform the latest tour. This concert will have you singing at the top of your lungs and swaying with the crowd. This is definitely one concert you don’t want to miss this summer! Grab your tickets while they last! TICKETS

And many more!!


MORE FAMILY FUN

Firehouse Bingo  

EVERY WEDNESDAY!

Don’t forget about Wednesday Night Family Bingo! Every Wednesday through August 14 at the Station. $10 (cash) gets you 4 cards and a chance to win! Games start at 7:30. This is a great way to support the Sandbridge rescue squad!! Also while visiting the Station check out the merch they have on sale! 

BAJA Restaurant Events: 

TUESDAY-SUNDAY

Baja Restaurant has many different events that happen weekly! No matter what time you’re planning to visit — Baja will always have something for the whole family! 

 

 

photo credit: https://liveonatlantic.com

 

 

 

28 Jun

Our Guide to Working out in Sandbridge

Just because you’re going on vacation doesn’t mean you have to take a break from your workout schedule, if anything it means it might be time to upgrade your fitness game! Within Sandbridge and just beyond the bridge are some amazing spots to get your workout in. Here you can find accommodations for everyone from runners to bikers to water-lovers!  

∗ Heres our quick guide to working out in Sandbridge ∗


Biking

For those looking for a Breezy Ride: 

Bikes are the perfect transportation for getting from point A to B in Sandbridge! Whether you are looking for a quick way to get to the beach or down to little island park, bikes are the best way to feel the summer breeze and check out all the views. If you’re an early riser and are looking for a sweet treat, you definitely have to bike to Baja Coffee in the morning for a muffin and smoothie! 

For the Adventure Seeker:

Unique to Sandbridge is the beautiful Back Bay wildlife refuge! While you can get to the Visitor’s Center by car, if you want to adventure deeper into the park you either have to walk or bike, but biking is the most recommended because it allows you to go further into the 3,884-acre False Cape State Park. Due to its restricted access, this is one of VA’s hardest parks to access, which also makes it one of the rarest visited. Throughout the park are many trails to follow, using a map from the visitor’s center, you can choose the route that best suits you! 

For Class Lovers:

If you prefer to get your biking done stationary, don’t worry just a short drive outside of Sandbridge is the perfect cycling class for you! Cycle Bar offers many different variations of rides for customers, ranging from high-intensity full body class to low-intensity chill workouts. If you check out their website and choose the location “Red Mill Commons”, you can find their schedule and book a ride during your Sandbridge Vacation. 


Running

For the Newbie or Longtime Runner:

Stretching only 4.5 miles from North to South, Sandbridge is the perfect place for first-time runners or long distance lovers. Based on your preferences you can choose to run on the beach, semi-beach Sandfiddler road, or on the main road Sandpiper. The best time to run is early in the morning between 6am-9am before it gets too hot. One safety tip is that when running on the roads of Sandbridge, run within the bike lanes in the direction of oncoming traffic so you can see drivers coming.

For the Trail Runner:

If you prefer to get off the road during your runs, Back Bay Wildlife Refuge is the place for you. With two trails to choose from April to October, it is the perfect place to run with nature. The distance from the visitor center to False Cape is 4 miles (8 miles round trip). If you’re really up for a haul, the trail goes for 9 miles from the visitor center to the North Carolina State Line.

For maps check out: Back Bay Refuge Map

Kayaking 

For the Laid-Back (Bay) Paddle:

 If you’re looking for the perfect laid-back paddle, evenings on the bay are perfect for you. With calming breezes and gorgeous colorful sunsets, it is the perfect thing to do when the sun starts to set. During the day time, you can also bring your poles out to get a little fishing in on your vacation.

For the Sea Seekers:

Kayaking is an awesome workout! You can up your workout game by bringing your kayak to the beach! The oceanfront is the perfect place to paddle out and feel the salty ocean breeze. If you get lucky, you might also have the opportunity to see pods of dolphins playing in the waves, turtles coasting along, and pelican and osprey dive to grab dinner. Ocean kayaking is perfect for the whole family.


 Surfing & Paddle Boarding

Not Your Standard Board Meeting: 

 Surfing & Paddle Boarding is the perfect excuse to get out of the office and down to the beach! The intensity of this workout varies day to day and is dependent on your experience level and ocean conditions. With many local businesses offering one-on-one or group lessons, your trip to Sandbridge is the perfect time to learn how to Surf. Paddleboarding is a relaxing workout and takes balance, core strength, and upper body strength to the next level. If you’re up for the challenge, come rent a board from Moneysworth! 

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Links to Rentals & Classes 

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Cover photo provided by @elleydonnelly
19 Jun

What Makes Sandbridge Special?

Sandbridge is the perfect hideaway from all the busyness of the Oceanfront District. It is the best destination for those in search of pristine sand dunes, calming sea breeze, and refreshing ocean water. Our welcoming community wants to show you the best parts of our home, so that you’ll love it just as much as we do!

Support Local Businesses

Sandbridge has been built around small businesses and values keeping business local!

The Sandbridge Seaside Market is a must stop on all visitors checklists. Not only does it have anything and everything a family would need on their trip, but it also has the world’s best donuts (okay we might be a little biased!). Made fresh every morning with a variety of flavors, they are a crowd favorite. Make sure to grab a box or two early, because they sell out fast!

The Baja is the local’s retreat. It is a place to come for delicious food, live music, and beautiful sunsets. Whether you’re are looking for the perfect place for a family dinner or to relax and grab drinks, the Baja is the place for you. Also, if you’re in need of the tasty wake-up call, head over with the sunrise and grab a cup of joe and breakfast burrito at Baja Coffee.

Bandidos is a little food truck tucked on Sandbridge road. This hidden gem is serving up delicious made to order tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more. With great prices and outdoor seating, this is the best place to grabs a quick bite after a long beach day. There might be a little wait since it is extremely popular, but it is 100% worth the wait! Also, make sure to add churros to your next order!

 

Away from the hustle and bustle of the resort area

Located a short 30-minute drive south, Sandbridge is secluded from the bright light and craziness of the resort area. Follow down the scenic Sandbridge road and find our hidden slice of paradise. Sandbridge is special in that there are no hotels — there are only houses and condos available to rent.

This helps to keep beach traffic low and the atmosphere laid-back, which makes it the best place for families to play all day and night at the beach. From waking up early and combing the beach in the morning to using flashlights for catching sand crabs at night, Sandbridge Beach allows for all day fun. Also, don’t forget to grab some surfboards and kayaks from Moneysworth Rentals to make your beach day even more fun!

Get in touch with Nature

One unique feature about Sandbridge is that it is home to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This Refuge includes over eight miles of scenic trails, many camping areas, various wildlife, and a visitor’s center. All of which makes this the perfect place for photographers, adventures, and families to visit.

There are also many other opportunities to get your explorer on! The Blue Goose Tram runs throughout the year, offering a guided tour through the refuge and False Cape State Park to the historic Wash Woods site. Volunteer days, such as Clean the Bay Day (June) and National Public Lands Day (September) give visitors the opportunity to protect and maintain their national wildlife refuge. Fishing clinics are also offered at these volunteer events.

Just added this summer is the opportunity for kids to become Junior Rangers! Children ages 5 and up can pick up a Junior Refuge Ranger booklet filled with 19 fun activities all about nature here at Back Bay NWR. As you work through the book you can earn the title & badge of Junior Refuge Biologist, and if you complete the whole thing you become a Junior Refuge Manager!!

Cover photo provided by @elleydonnelly